State Department: Spanish Minister Not Carrying U.S. Message to Cuba

Monday, November 24, 2014
This weekend, a story in Spain's El Pais claimed that Spanish Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, was carrying a "very concrete message" to Havana from the Obama Administration.

Today, a senior Obama Administration official clarified that this "is not true."

The fact remains this week's trip to Havana by Garcia-Margallo is one of "gratitude" (or coercion) for Cuba not mobilizing diplomatically to oppose Spain's bid last month for a seat in the U.N. Security Council.

This high profile Spanish gesture -- free of meetings with Cuba's dissidents and independent civil society (an immoral snub Garcia-Margallo had previously promised he'd never do) -- was the price to pay for Cuba's support at the United Nations.

And Spain obliged.